West Tx Oil below $100 on Expectations of Rising Oil Inventories

U.S. crude held steady below $100 a barrel in early Asian trading on Tuesday, as expectations of rising oil inventories in the United States were balanced by heightened tension in Ukraine.

U.S. crude for June delivery was flat at $99.48 a barrel at 0032 GMT. Brent crude was 10 cents lower at $107.62.

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk on Monday, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion.

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